Flip through any magazine now, be it fashion or home related, and you will be bathed in page after page of glamorous, luxurious environments. It’s no secret either that those rooms don’t come cheap.
Many years ago, as a young designer, a potential client came to a first meeting with my then boss, a seasoned, refined designer who’d been practicing for about 25 years. She opened a magazine and presented a double page spread of a space my boss had designed about 10 years before. She proudly announced that this room represented everything she wanted in her house and she wanted to hire him on the spot. Smiling, my boss asked her if she had any idea just how much the living space, represented so beautifully in that double page spread, price? She said no but quickly brought the meeting to a close when my boss jotted down the figure and shared it with her on the back of his business card.
Smart shopping, a keen eye and a willingness to roll-up your sleeves can go far these days in generating expensive looking interiors without having to fork over large sums of cash.
Here’s a list of 4 Easy Ways to Make Your House Look More Expensive:
1. Large scale art adds a bit of theater to any area. Single large graphics, diptychs and triptychs all provide big effect where-ever they’re hung. High-resolution pictures can be printed at very large scale then cut appropriately and framed in pre-fabricated frames bought at Ikea. Your costs are very low and your decorating impact monumental.
2. Who wouldn’t love to wrap an entire room in expensive wall covering for that over-the-top-look? When budget won’t allow for the whole room, pick one wall or a single segment (the back of a market, or other architectural detail) and make a splash with the newspaper there. To expend the high-style look match the paint on the surrounding walls to that of the paper. You’ll be pleased how far the drama will go.
3.Find a Focus. Every room must have a focus. Fireplaces are decorating gold for just this reason. They concentrate everything in the room. If you do not have a fireplace you must create focus or direct attention to something else focus worthy (such as a view). A fantastic trick for creating immediate focus is a bigger than life mirror, either hung or casually leaned against a wall. Hit up your favorite regional retailers for gigantic framed mirrors and invest knowing you are going to get lots of bang for the decorating buck.
4. One High-Style Piece. If your budget keeps you from filling your room with high-style, designer bits then sew one mind-blowing piece and twist the rest of the room . A dramatic cupboard, an unusual antique chair or a super-chic cocktail table may add all of the punch needed even if the rest of the space does not carry the same decorating wattage. When this is true it is good to dress out the space in similar, neutral colors (tans, taupe and cream are wonderful for this) to heighten the impact of your designer piece. And never pay full retail for that high-style piece. Check out eBay, CraigsList and floor sample sales at your favorite expensive shops. You’ll be amazed at what you can find!